|HCM City Party Committee Secretary Đinh La Thăng with members of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports on Wednesday. — Photo thanhnien.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — At least 2,300 swimming pools must be built to accommodate swimming lessons for public high school students, according to the city’s Department of Culture and Sports.
The city wants all students to be able to swim by 2020, Nguyễn Hữu Việt, director of the department, said
Nguyễn Thị Thu, deputy chairwoman of the city’s People’s Committee, said that many pools had not been built because of high costs and a shortage of land.
An outdoor swimming pool costs around VNĐ5 billion (US$221,200), and an indoor swimming pool VNĐ150-300 million ($6,630), Thu said at a meeting held on Wednesday.
She said the Department of Culture and Sports should work with the Department of Education and Training to build indoor swimming pools instead of waiting for land and funds from the State budget.
The Department of Culture and Sports has also proposed building a 1.8-ha art performance centre in the Thủ Thiêm new urban area, and suggested that the city host the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2021.
The city’s Party Committee Secretary Đinh La Thăng has asked the department to formulate a detailed plan. “The city will propose to the Government to host the SEA Games, using the city’s budget,” he said.
He asked the department to improve training of human resources in the culture and sports field and to call for private investment in infrastructure and facilities for sport and cultural activities. — VNS